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Today in Johnson City History: November 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 7, 2019 at 5:45 AM

Nov. 7, 1889: A front page headline in The Comet declared that Gen. John T. Wilder’s dream of bringing the “Three C’s” Railway through Johnson City was a certainty. That dream ultimately failed, but the remnants of the line eventually were picked up by George L. Carter for the successful Clinchfield, Cincinnati & Ohio Railroad in the early 20th century.

Nov. 7, 1907: The Comet reported that Mr. and Mrs. George L. Carter entertained a coterie of friends, several of whom were from Bristol, on Carter's recently completed private car, Clinchfield.

Nov. 7, 1979: Tom Hodge wrote of his adventures as part of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle staff decided to take a ride on a new Johnson City bus. Mr. Hodge opined, “It’s a nice bus system. I suspect it’ll gain in popularity as folks become accustomed to it.” 

Nov. 7, 1980: Frankie Valli and the Four Season Reunited played at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Nov. 7, 1992: The Junior League of Johnson City held its first Bag-a-Bargain sale, raising more than $30,000 for the community. In today’s dollars, this is equivalent to about $53,300. More than 97% of the proceeds were returned to the community in monetary contributions to various Junior League projects.

Nov. 7, 2006: Former Johnson City Police Chief Fred Phillips, who also had served as Washington County sheriff, lost his bid to unseat incumbent state Rep. Matthew Hill in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Nov. 7, 2013: The Tennessee Valley Authority announced that Boone Lake would drop 14 feet below its normal winter low point to allow Tennessee Valley Authority workers to replace the heavy chains and cables used to control Boone Dam’s gate system.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Junior League members; Johnson City Press.